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Town reminds residents of deer on roadways
From staff reports
The town of Flower Mound would like to remind residents to take extra precaution when traveling through rural areas this month, a time of year known for increased deer activity.
Recently, there have been four reported deer versus vehicle collisions, and the Flower Mound Police Department would like to remind motorists of some deer facts and provide some helpful tips that may help to decrease the chances of being involved in an accident.
It is important drivers keep a close watch for any animals that wander onto the highway. Collisions with deer are more frequent during their migration and mating season in October, November and December and growing deer populations are producing increasingly hazardous conditions for motorists and deer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents with deer are responsible for approximately 1.5 million car accidents nationwide. These accidents cause $1 billion in property damage, 10,000 personal injuries, and 150 human fatalities. Texas is ranked 9th in the country for traffic accidents involving deer.
TxDOT suggests the following tips to avoid hitting a deer:
Drive carefully in areas known to have high deer populations. Places where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland are particularly dangerous.
If you see a deer, slow down. Others are probably nearby.
Use high-beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will reflect off deer's eyes and warn you of their presence.
If a deer is in your lane, brake firmly but stay in the lane. The most serious crashes occur when drivers swerve.
Do not rely on deer whistles, deer fences, or reflectors to deter deer.
Wear seat belts.
If your car strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. If the deer is blocking the highway, call the police.